The Texas Rangers will be without middle-of-the-order sluggers Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre for Wednesday night’s game against the Angels; Hamilton suffering from vision problems and Beltre from intestinal issues that prevented him from coming to the stadium.
But the Angels got their No. 3 hitter back. Albert Pujols is in the lineup after missing Tuesday night’s 11-3 win over the Rangers to remain in Missouri with his wife, Deidre, who gave birth to the couple’s fifth child, a daughter named Esther Grace, Sunday morning in Kansas City.
Because the baby was born almost three weeks before her due date, doctors wanted Deidre and the child to remain in the hospital an extra day of tests and observation, Pujols said.
Both mother and daughter were discharged Tuesday afternoon. Pujols, who played Sunday’s afternoon game in Kansas City on no sleep, drove them back to their St. Louis home Tuesday night and caught a flight to Orange County Wednesday morning.